School News: Celebrating Fall, Exploring Chihuly, Honoring Ross Student

Bridgehampton students pose in front of the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens.
Rainbow Preschool students enjoy tasty fall treats during the school’s first field trip of the year.

Celebrating the Season

Rainbow has ventured out into the wild and made their way to Seven Ponds Orchard for an apple picking field trip last week. The students enjoyed playing on the wooden structures, taking a hay ride around the different fruits and vegetables being grown, and most of all picking their very own apples.

“Field trips are a way for the students to learn not only inside the classroom but outside of the classroom in a hands-on environment. Next week, we are planning to incorporate what we have learned our Apple Field Trip into the classroom,” said Kelly Elliston, Head Nursery Teacher at the Rainbow School.

Bridgehampton students pose in front of the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens.

Bridgehampton Students Explore the Art of Chihuly

Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz took students in her Digital Photography and Landscape Design class at the Bridgehampton School on a trip to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx last week to see the gardens and the Dale Chihuly exhibit currently on display. The Chihuly exhibit has blown glass installations interspersed amongst the different garden areas. It has been on a traveling tour of the country visiting botanical gardens and art museums. Landscape design students studied the herb garden design and associated plant materials. Digital photography students were able to use the gardens as a backdrop for their lessons in depth of field and movement.

On Tuesday, September 26, Henry Meyer took his Criminal Law students to visit the Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead. Students participated in the Suffolk County YES program which is designed to educate youth about the potential consequences of poor choices. The program stresses education, communication and accountability. “Our YES Program stresses education, and reality,” said Sheriff Vincent DeMarco. “By giving kids a realistic view of what lies ahead if they cross that line, we hope that it will leave a strong enough imprint in their minds to stop them from engaging in criminal acts.” Students were given an interactive tour of the facility taking them through each step of the arrest and intake process as it actually occurs, and were processed through the fingerprinting and the mug shots area before entering into the jail. The Criminal Law students then got a chance to hear inmate testimonials and to talk with inmates who shared with them how they got to this point in their lives.

The Bridgehampton Drama program will host a Halloween carnival on Sunday, October 29, at the Custom House, 912 Main Street in Sag Harbor, following the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce Ragamuffin Parade. Tickets are $1.

Finn Li

Ross Student Named National Merit Commended Student

Ross School Head of High School William J. O’Hearn III announced Monday that Finn Li has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program. A letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented to the Ross School senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement or educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

The Ross School will host fall admission open houses at both its Bridgehampton and East Hampton campuses starting next week. Open house dates are Monday, October 9, Friday, November 10, and Monday, January 15. For more information, visit